Interrogating The City of Leeds

The 2nd Year's have been out and about in the last week as part of their new Creative Strategies brief ' Interrogating the City'.

On Tuesday 16th October Bryan Davies escorted us to see 'Hello Friends', the sculpture he and Laura Davies have made for the new Bridgewater Place development.

watch clips of Bryan's presentation:


On Wednesday 17th October they spent the day with visiting lecturer Dinu Li. Dinu presented some of his past projects, commissions and residencies in the studio and then the group de-camped to 42 New Briggate, the gallery space co-run by 2nd year tutor, Lucy Gibson and Art and Design graduate Yvonne Carmichael.

Here there was a chance to look at Dinu's current exhibition, 'The Mother of All Journeys' before being set a task to work in the city for the afternoon.

Everyone was asked to choose one word in response to the exhibition and then apply this word to a personal experience of the city. Each student had a digital camera and was asked to choose one image at the end of the day which summed up their activities. All sorts of creative endeavour was employed - from stalking passers-by, to finding houses parent's lived in as students, to retracing first steps in the city, to re-visiting old halls of residences, and even going home to Bradford and back in 2 1/2 hours.

Green tea and critical feedback session:

2nd years with artist, Dinu Li at 42 New Briggate Gallery:



LIGHT NIGHT Leeds extravangaza THIS friday...

Light Night is THIS Friday 12th October. Packed with events all through the city centre from the University down to the river waterfront and with Black Dog's Bondage on the Streets to guide you from venue to venue! There will be street games, art, opera, dancing, music, films - I doubt Leeds will know what's hit it.


Showing at 42 New Briggate Gallery as part of Light Night will be Dinu Li's film 'Chronicle of a Dream Foretold', showing in the gallery only on Celebrate Leeds 07 Light Night, October 12th 2007

Looped screening from 7pm – 11pm
(Film duration 20min 30sec and will start on the hour and half past the hour through the night)
With complimentary beer and Green Tea

Chronicle of a Dream Foretold is a video work made by Dinu Li during a residency in Kazakhstan for the Central Asian Project. It blurs the boundaries between documentary and fantasy. Inspired by Jean-Luc Goddard’s 1960’s film of The Rolling Stones’ rehearsing their song Sympathy for the Devil it shows a Kazakh rock band as they rehearse their latest song ‘Dreams’. This is combined with scenes such as footage of young men training to become equestrians, the flickering of images from a television set, time lapse footage of light passing through a snow covered landscape and montages of still photographs.

Central Asian Project is a collaborative exchange organised by Cornerhouse (Manchester), SPACE (London), and AsiaArt+ (Almaty, Kazakhstan) dedicated to forging new links between the UK and Central Asia.

‘Chronicle of a Dream Foretold’ will be screened only on Light Night at 42 New Briggate, Leeds. Dinu Li’s exhibition ‘The Mother of All Journeys’ runs from September 18th to November 10th in the gallery


Cult Fiction: Art and Comics

at Leeds City Art Gallery

'Cult Fiction explores the reciprocal relationship between comics and art. The exhibition foregrounds links between the two genres in works where current social and political issues are aired in frank visual narratives.'
This is a great show on your doorstep- all interdisciplinary students should go see this!!